The second Tripartite COMESA- East African Community and SADC Summit has started in Johannesburg, South Africa where 26 African states converged to sign the integration pact in which countries will be guaranteed free movement of people, goods and services.
The inaugural session was held in Kampala, Uganda in 2008.
The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe is among the African leaders who are attending the summit.
Speaking at the summit, South African president, Jacob Zuma said no country can trade on itself, hence the idea of entwining the countries trade initiatives.
COMESA Chairperson, King Mswati III of Swaziland said the free trade area denotes an African Union initiative, which will guarantee free trade amongst African states which will result in sound economic growth.
The closed door session of the Tripartite Summit will end later this evening to pave way for talks on Zimbabwe.